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  • Erica Na

Week of December 31

International

Israel-Hamas

  • The Israeli Supreme Court struck down Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing party decision to limit the power of the judicial branch, a law that sparked nationwide protests and threatened a constitutional crisis months ago. Now, the Supreme Court’s ruling may respark debates. 

  • Israel’s military announced that it would begin to remove thousands of soldiers from Gaza, showing signs of a more targeted approach to reduce the number of civilian casualties. A new plan reveals a greater focus on stripping Hamas leadership near the Southern border.  

  • On Tuesday, President of Harvard University Claudine Gay announced her resignation after controversy over her response to antisemitic incidents on campus. She served for just over 6 years.

Iran

  • In Iran, at least 91 people were killed and 284 were injured following two bomb explosions. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. Iran has vowed a “harsh response.” 

Japan

  • On January 1st, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Noto Peninsula. There are at least 100 casualties and more than 26,000 have been displaced.  

 

US Politics

  • A series of state and federal laws were enacted this week, spanning issues of minimum wage to gender-affirming for minors. A total of 22 states increased their minimum wage while several Democratic states passed laws to protect abortion rights.  

  • In yet another duel over the US-Mexico border, the Biden administration sued Texas over a law that allows law enforcement to arrest migrants. 

  • On Wednesday, Donald Trump formally appealed to the Supreme Court to overturn Maine and Colorado’s decision to ban him from the ballots.  

 

Other

  • On Thursday, a 17-year-old Iowa gunman killed one student and wounded 7 ohers.  

  • A study found that thousands of women are stocking up on abortion pills in case they need them. In the last year, demand for abortion medication has skyrocketed, with daily requests increasing tenfold as reproductive healthcare options become harder to obtain.

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